Looking for Datasets?

Organizations and Research Centers can be a rich source of statistical data for their area(s) of interest. For example, national teacher associations or state teacher unions collect a broad range of data about teachers. 

Explore the Harvard Dataverse (Harvard Key required). The Harvard Dataverse Repository is a free data repository open to all researchers from any discipline, both inside and outside of the Harvard community, where you can share, archive, cite, access, and explore research data. Each individual Dataverse collection is a customizable collection of datasets (or a virtual repository) for organizing, managing, and showcasing datasets.

To find a group working in your area of interest:

  • Mine the reference list of a particularly helpful article, looking for organizations or research centers named as "authors" or publishers of the cited sources
  • Do a keyword search in Google, adding terms such as "national," "center" or "association" 
  • Do a keyword search in the Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S. (Harvard Key required)
  • Check for "Links" to related organizations on the web sites of groups working in your area

TIP: If you find an organization that you don't recognize, be sure to check the "About" section to learn more about their area of expertise, funding sources, and any potential research agenda or bias.

Research Consultations

If you have questions or need more assistance we are here to help! 

Meet with a Gutman Library Research Librarian to brainstorm about sources for the data you need.

There are also groups both internal and across campus willing and able to help: